Nautilus Mandolin side bending fixture, Version 13

This fixture is the 13th version I have built over the past year. In this case, thirteen is a very lucky number! It is repeatable, controllable, easy to use, quick, and does not consume air or power in order to operate.

I can finally move on to gearing up for my octave mandolin and mandola projects!





  • Very good idea Martin – bending the sides around the top, so it sits in rather than on ribs – is that what’s going on here? Do you support underneath or is the top edge left thick? Is the back in there too?

    nigelApril 21, 2013

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